Category: other spirits

Dirty Bird, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

The Dirty Bird is a variation on a classic Jungle Bird cocktail. The layers of flavor are intense, from tropical, to bitter, and with a surprising twist from the coffee infused spirit.

2 oz. Bell Isle Coffee Moonshine
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. ginger simple syrup
1/2 oz. Campari
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice. 

Shake all ingredients, strain over ice into a hurricane glass. Garnish with umbrella, cherry, and lime wheel.

Michael Smith of Laura Lee’s
3410 Semmes Avenue Richmond, VA 23225

Colombia Furnace, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

I liked the name Colombia Furnace due to the coffee and cinnamon notes in this drink.

1 oz. Belle Isle Cold brew
1 oz. Belle Isle 80 Proof
1 oz. Pineapple & cinnamon shrub
.25 oz. lemon juice

Add all ingredients to shaker, plus 1 scoop of ice. Shake, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Beth Dixon of Pasture
416 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA

Early Morning Breeze, featuring James River Distillery and Belle Isle Moonshine

I decided to name this series of Virginia Spirits drinks after Dolly Parton Songs. Music is a huge influence for comfort, and Michele (one of the owners) and myself are huge Dolly Fans! Early Morning Breeze suited the feel of this drink well I think.

1 oz. Belle Isle Grapefruit
1 oz. Dolin Blanc
.5 Oz. James River Distillery Ostervit
.25 oz. lime
dropper hopped grapefruit bitters

Add ingredients to tin, plus ice, shake vigorously, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Beth Dixon of Comfort
200. W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220

Turn You Back Into A Stranger, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

A tasty moonshine mix.

3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
3 dashes of orange bitters
1/4 Branca Menta
1/2 Cocchi Americano
1/2 Amaro Montenegro
1 1/2 Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine

Stir in a mixing glass 50-60 times. Pour in a chilled Nick and Nora glass. Add one orange twist.

Timothy Quinn of The Heritage Restaurant
1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

Winnie the Booze, featuring Belle Isle Moonshine

If Winnie the Pooh were created today rather than mid-Prohibition, Belle Isle Honey Habanero would almost certainly be his honey of choice. 

1.5 oz. Aperol
1.5 oz. Belle Isle Honey Habanero
.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh basil for garnish

Shake and strain over a king cube in a double old fashion glass, top with .5 oz Prosecco.

Kenneth Wall of Max’s on Broad
305 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23220